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UW Faculty Led Programs|Study Abroad

Future Summer Study Abroad Opportunities

Please note: All students participating in study abroad programs will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $100, in addition to the program costs. Students will also be required to purchase Student Travel Insurance at a cost of approximately $47 per month (for students age 26 and below). Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition.


ANTH 4140: Archaeology Field School
(4 credits)

The University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology, in collaboration with the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Ministry of Culture, and the Croatian Institute for Anthropological Research, is pleased to announce an archaeological field school to take place during the summer of 2013. This 4 credit-hour course is intended for undergraduates and is open to students from any college or university. An introduction to archaeology course (e.g., ANTH 1300 at U.W.) is a required prerequisite. No previous field experience is required or expected.

For more information:

Tentative Dates: Summer 2015
Estimated Cost: $2359 (does not include travel to/from Croatia or $40 admission fee for non-U.W. students)
Contact: James Ahern (


HP 4152: Cloud Forest Ecology
(3 credits)

The class will start on the UW campus, where we will discuss travel requirements, and the students will be introduced to general concepts of tropical forest ecology. Lectures at the research station and practical examples in the forest will include: tropic webs, insects and plant community structure, plant defense mechanisms against herbivory, canopy structure and epiphytes, and the evolution of crypsis, aposematism, and mimicry systems. We will fly from Denver to Quito, Ecuador, where the students will have an opportunity to experience Ecuadoran culture including restaurants, native marketplaces, historical architecture and cathedrals, as well as visiting the monument to the equator (where students can stand on the line of the equator with one foot in each hemisphere). From Quito we travel by bus to the small village of Cosanga and onwards by foot to the Yana Yacu Research Station, where most of the course will be conducted. On the first few days we will have orientation hikes and practical teaching and student research projects in the forest. While at Yana Yacu, during the day students will have many opportunities to hike in the cloud forest, will assist with sampling of plants and insects, will assist in the insectary (caterpillar zoo) with feeding and maintaining caterpillar cages, photographing and identifying plants and caterpillars, recording data, and preserving specimens for future research. During the evenings after dinner, we will meet in the library for lectures, discussion groups, and planning meetings.

Tentative Dates: To be determined
Approximate Cost: $1500, plus airfare of approximately $1200
Contact: Scott Shaw ( or Greg Brown (


FCSC 4960: Textiles Field Studies
(3 credits)

Scotland has a long history in textile manufacturing. London, although long recognized as a center for men's fine tailoring, is now recognized as an international fashion center. Paris is not only the capital of France it is considered by many to be the capital of the international fashion scene. Great Britain's and France's contribution to the world fashion includes textiles and apparel production, a unique retail system, and renowned fashion designers. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to visit British and French designer show rooms, textile manufacturers, museums, and historic/cultural sites. The course also provides an opportunity to introduce students to the British and French culture. The study tour will travel to Edinburgh, London and Paris. Price includes: Hotel Accommodation (2 nights in Edinburgh, 5 in London and 5 in Paris), Daily Breakfast, Ground Transportation, Guides for Tours, Entry Fees, Airfare. Passports, course tuition, spending for lunch, dinner, free time activities, and shopping are not included in price.

Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: Sonya Meyer at 766-5152 ( or Bruce Cameron at 766-4219 (


Gender, Global Change, and Development in Fiji

This two week, three credit Fiji-based course has three primary goals: [1] to familiarize students with the lives of a diverse array of women in Fiji through formal meetings and informal encounters with a wide range of individuals and organizations; [2] to provide students with an opportunity for complete immersion in a country which, although very safe (and frequented by many vacationers), has experienced remarkable political and socioeconomic upheaval in recent decades; [3] to facilitate critical interrogation of the integration of gender into the practices of “development”, broadly defined as institutional, activist, and community efforts toward improving health, quality of life, and access to resources for greater numbers of women and their families. Topics covered in this immersion course will include economic survival strategies (including migration), women’s unequal access to resources, agricultural production and sustainability, and women’s health. Students will have the opportunity to live with host families, attend lectures at the University of the South Pacific, observe village life, and meet with development professionals at UN Women, activists and community members involved in working for gender equality. Select interested students may have the opportunity to additionally pursue an independent study with Dr. Dewey as part of her ongoing research with Fiji’s women market traders. Prerequisites: UW degree-seeking student of sophomore standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Estimated Cost: $2,500 (includes all meals, accommodation, and activities)
Tentative Dates: To be determined
Contact: Susan Dewey (

FRANCE (Caen, Normandy)

FREN 3990 and 4990: Intensive French Study in Caen
(6 credits)

Students will live and share meals with French families in Caen for three and a half weeks and spend the last five days of the trip sightseeing in Paris. In the mornings, students will take courses at the University of Caen and in the afternoons, they will do field trips around the city of Caen. In addition, students will take longer excursions to the American Cemetery, the Memorial of Caen, Saint-Malo, Mont Saint Michel, Versailles, etc. The Caen study abroad program boasts four major advantages: study within academically accredited university, immersion in the language and culture of France, homestays with French families, and visits to places of interest in Caen, Paris and its surrounding region.  Prerequisite: two semesters of French language.

For more information, see the informational brochure.

Estimated Cost: $3000 (includes room and board in Caen and Paris, trips and excursions; does not include airfare)
Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: Bendicte Sohier (


Language and Culture

Explores major cultural sites through one week stays in Berlin, Mainz, Dresden, and Tübingen with additional Saturday trips to places like Freiburg, Trier, and Potsdam. The program will encompass two courses: a German language course and a German culture course. The language course(s) offered will be based on the level of the participating students and will heavily incorporate the advantage of being in Germany. The culture course and its afternoon cultural outings will be in English. Course registration will be possible only after acceptance into the program. More information can be found on our Facebook page: UWGermanSummer.

Estimated cost: From $2,650 (if 20 students participate) to $3,300 (if 10 students participate)
Approximate Travel Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Steele (


HIST 4315/5315: Central Europe and the Holocaust
(3 credits)

The death of nearly six million European Jews, carried out by the regime of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, is one of the most unique and ultimately incomprehensible events in human history. Traveling to Germany and Poland with Dr. David Messenger of UW's History Department, students will visit numerous sites in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow related to the history of Nazism, European Judaism and the Holocaust. The students will also visit the sites of three death camps in Poland, Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Estimated Cost: $2400, includes accommodations, train travel, museum admissions. Airfare and food are not included.
Approximate Travel Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: David Messenger (; phone: 766-6276


Summer 2015!

ART 4620: Studio Art Explorations in North India
(3 credits) [CH, G]

Drawing will be the main focus as students will draw daily both in interior and plein air locations to document visually and express aesthetically to the local culture. Travel destinations include tentatively the Andaman Islands or the Sundarbunds-wilderness areas in east India followed by about a week in Shantiniketan, West Bengal and the Kala Bhavan Art College to study traditional mural approaches and a long week in Delhi to study traditional wood block printed fabric techniques. Side trips to museums, galleries, artists' studios, archeological sites will be included. This course is for students to gain a fundamental understanding of Indian art and culture, to create a strong portfolio of drawings completed while traveling, to explore art approaches employing traditional Indian art form, such as woodblock printing on cloth or mural painting. They will also learn how to complete a body of work post-travel that exhibits aesthetic, conceptual and/or technical influences from India to be included in two exhibitions in Fall 2013 at UW.

Dates: To be announced
Contact: Leah Hardy (


RELI 3350: Religion and Globalization in India
(3 credits)

This two-week study abroad course familiarizes students with India's diverse religions and their religious practices and institutions. it also explores the impact globalization has had on the general state and role of religion in South Asia. Students will travel to different religious and cultural sites within local villages as well as global cities in the regions of North India, including Delhi, Himachel, Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan. Open to UW students at any level, UW faculty and staff, and the general public. Prerequisite: RELI 1000 or 2050, or consent of the instructor.

Estimated Cost: $3,700, includes airfare, accommodations and meals, National Park fees and local transportation.
Dates: Summer 2015
Contact: Antoinette DeNapoli, Ph.D. (


ART 4790: Japanese Art and Culture
(3 credits)

Japanese Art and Culture explores the unique cultural and artistic situation of contemporary Japan. For two weeks we will travel in and between Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima and Hiroshima in order to explore how ultra-modern life in Japan is tied to and culturally embedded within a larger historical and ancient context. The class will also discover the deep ties to western culture in the post-contact and post-war era. Finally, we will investigate the uniquely Japanese conflation of popular culture (anime, manga, Otaku culture, Harajuku) to the high art and culture represented in the national museums of modern and contemporary art. Within this framework we will discuss and experience the continuum of visual culture in Japan, as well as the intricate web of contemporary cross- and multi-culturalisms.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rachel Sailor ( or Noah Miles (


EDCI 5480/EDEL 4975: International Studies: Kenya
(3 credits)

An innovative study abroad course that will allow learners to use primary resources to explore various topics including Kenya's history, geography, cultures, languages (Kiswahili), economy, education, archeology, ecology, paleontology and zoology. Other areas such as geo-political, ethnic and gender issues and the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be explored. Learners will participate in field experiences (based on areas of interest). During the course, learners will reflect in writing and orally the similarities and differences between America and Kenya. In addition, they will examine ways in which the course will have influenced them as citizens of the world. As the world becomes a global village, it is essential to help our students develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural and global issues.

Dates: To be announced
Contact: John Kambutu (


UW/CC Hillside Kenya Water Project

Spend 12 days immersed in Kenyan cultures; offer educational services to residents of the Huruma slum in Nairobi and at the rural Mburu Gichua Elementary School; construct a water point and surface runoff reservoir for a new well in Hillside; explore Kenyan history, geography, cultures, languages, economy, education, archaeology, paleontology, and zoology while on safari through Africa’s natural wonderland.  Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for eligible registered students.  Deadline: To reserve your seat, a $500 deposit is due on November 1.

Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4585
Contact: John Kambutu, (307) 268-2584, (


KEEPS - Karibu Kenya

Culture and Agriculture in Africa - a class offered in December of each year following finals week and lasting 12 days. Maximum enrollment is 18 Wyoming Students. Sites visited include agricultural sites in Nairobi, Kitale, Kericho, and Naivasha, with tours of natural sites including: The Great Rift Valley, Hell's Gate National Park and Masai Mara Game Park. All travel in Kenya (24 passenger bus and 9 passenger vans) is provided. This program is funded at a rate of $10,000/per class. Student expenses vary between $500 and $3,500 dependent on scholarship support, which is based on GPA and/or financial need. There are no plans to expand this program beyond current levels, however current funding runs out after January of 2012.

Dates: December 2012 (contingent upon funding)
Contact: David Wilson (


THEA 4990: Research in Theatre: Dance and Related Arts in Paris and London
(2 credits)

Dance in London and Paris! Participants in this program will join a UW Department of Dance faculty member for a three-week intensive dance course. The credits earned will help students fulfill their summer study BFA requirement. In addition to daily dance classes, the program will include watching performances by the Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. Prerequisite: Dance majors who have completed at least one semester of Advanced Ballet or Modern.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4200
Contact: Jennifer Deckert (


CRMJ 4990: Transnationalism and Crime
(also listed as CHST 4990)

This is an experimental special topics course designed to give an overview of how globalization processes and international population movements impact perceived and actual transnational crime trends and their control. Through required readings students will gain a better understanding for the varied social, political, and economic forces that motivate criminal behavior and criminal justice policy in a global perspective. Coursework will have a particular emphasis on population movements from Mexico and Central America. The four week summer course will be a hybrid videoconferencing/online delivery. Students will meet one day a week for three hours through videoconferencing, and will be expected to complete significant online coursework through eCompanion. During a portion of the course, students will spend their time on a field trip to El Paso, TX where they will be hosted by faculty from the Criminal Justice Department at University of Texas at El Paso. In collaboration with their Open Source Resource Lab, faculty members will arrange various visits with law enforcement agencies and immigrant advocacy organizations.

Dates: To be announced
Estimated Cost: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Ed A. Muñoz (  


REWM 4990: Field Experience in Ecosystem Services of Loreto (Baja Sur, Mexico)
(1 credit)

Field and experiential-based understanding of 1) ecosystem services in Loreto, Baja, 2) how they relate to ecology, land-use policy, natural resources economics and culture, and 3) comparing the Loreto system to the sage-steppe system in Wyoming. Wyoming students will join and work with an approximately equal number of local students (from La Universidad Autonóma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) – Loreto campus) to promote cross-cultural exchange. The course will include cognitive (knowledge), affective (attitude, understanding), and psychomotor (skill) components. An application is required for admission into this program.

Dates: Summer 2015
Estimated cost: $2100, not including round-trip airfare (approx. $1100)
Contact: Melanie Murphy (


EDST 4740/EDCI 5870/AIST 4200: Experiences in New Zealand
(3-6 credits)

The opportunity to observe and participate in a Kura Kaupapa Maori school is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. This journey will encourage students to explore and expand their boundaries. Visits to several Maraes, a rugby match, the Te Papa National Maori Museum, and other cultural events are a part of this program.

Tentative Dates: Summer 2015
Approximate Cost: $4000 (
Contact: Dr. Angela Jaime (


AIST 4200: Indigenous Communities Abroad; International Travel to New Zealand
(3 credits)

This program will take students throughout Maori communities on the North Island of New Zealand. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in Maori cultural events and ceremonies and stay “on the marae” in Maori cultural centers. Students will learn about cultural and political issues relevant to the Maori, compare and contrast those issues with other indigenous groups, and learn about the vast cultural revitalization that has taken place in New Zealand over the 20th century. The class will also: spend time at a tribal college; watch a rugby match; visit Hobbiton where part of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed; and, visit several museums and sites of cultural significance. Throughout the trip the class will be accompanied two Maori guides. Both guides are artists and educators, both are fluent in te reo (Maori language) and have extensive knowledge of Maori culture and history. They will provide students with an introduction into Maori communities, and a thorough education of Maori cultural practice and history.

Dates: Summer 2015
Estimated Cost: $2000 plus airfare of approximately $1600
Contact: Dr. Caskey Russell (


AS 4900; ENR 4890/5890; ESM 4900/5900 Biosecurity or Insecurity on a Mad Planet
(3 credits)

An intensifying, multi-dimensional problem across the planet is the invasion of ecosystems by exotic animals, plants and even disease organisms.  There is increasing evidence that elements of climate change and water, air and soil pollution exacerbate these incursions.  There is no place on the planet immune from these invasions, but also no place better suited to their study than the southern hemisphere country of NEW ZEALAND.  The goals of this course are to introduce participants to the ecosystem resources of the two principle Islands of New Zealand (including Kiwi (birds), Kauri (trees), tusked weta (insects)) and the incursions that threaten these (e.g. possums, pathogenic often soil borne microorganisms, rodents).  Interaction with native people (The Maori) and European and Asian settlers, will supplement these experiences.  From the ecosystem resources and these people the principles of biosecurity will be drawn and control measures derived and observed in some of New Zealand's National Parks and Island Sanctuaries (e.g. "Ark in the Park" and the volcanoes of Tongariro).  The course is tailored for both undergraduates and graduate students, and for students in the sciences as well as the humanities.  The classroom for most of this experience will be the New Zealand forests, savannahs and mountains.  Students should expect and be prepared for experiences from treks to several isolated locations, observations in nucleic acid labs, to cuisine in metropolitan Auckland, penguin colonies on the Tiritiri Mantangi island.  Although it will be the height of summer in New Zealand during this excursion, field trips have the potential to range from glaciers on the high peaks to the beaches of the New Zealand's extensive coasts. 

Dates: To be announced
Approximate Cost: $2000 plus air fare. 
Contact: Dr. Stephen Williams ( (307)766-2683 for an application


CHST/HIST/INST 4485 U.S. Latino Diaspora
(3 credits)

Designed to combine academic and experiential components for students interested in further examining the historical creation and contemporary spread of the multicultural Latina/o Diaspora from islands in the Caribbean to the Yucatán peninsula and beyond. Various activities in and out of the classroom will provide students with knowledge about the indigenous, European, and African roots of Latina/o culture, history, and contemporary socioeconomic status. Students will then be able to experience this diverse Latinidad through a week-long stay abroad in Puerto Rico.

Estimated cost: $1500 (includes air-fare, lodging, and meals)
Travel Dates: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Ed Muñoz (

SPAIN (La Mancha and Barcelona)

Summer 2015!

SPAN 3990: The Route of Don Quixote (Conxita Domènech)
SPAN 3070: The Languages of Spain: Early Modern and Current Times (Irene Checa-García)
(6 credits)

This program will be divided in two parts and two courses. During the first part of the program and course, we will follow the route of Don Quixote. We will start in Madrid and take a train to Toledo, where we will stay one day before moving on to Almagro. In Almagro, we will spend three days attending the Almagro Theatre Festival. We will continue with our route of Don Quixote through the following towns and cities: Alcudia, Alcaraz, Roda, Tomelloso, Illescas, Hoz, and Sigüenza. The retracing of the route of Don Quixote will end in this last city, from where we will return to Madrid. From there, we will take the high-speed train (AVE) to Barcelona. Students will have one day to adapt to the new city before beginning the second part of the program at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Hospital de Sant Pau campus).

In the second course, students will study how the linguistic diversity of Spain was conceptualized and what linguistic policies were followed during the times of Cervantes and in contemporary times. The class will make an emphasis in the relationship of linguistic identity and national identity touching upon the current linguistic and national debate in Cataluña. In the first course, students will be evaluated according to the following criteria: a daily journal, a blog (with anecdotes, pictures, videos, and music), reflection papers, oral presentations, and a final research paper for each course (due two weeks after the trip). In the second course, students will be evaluated according to: reflection papers on the class readings, oral presentations, and a final research paper. In addition, students will be expected to contribute with a final reflection on linguistic policies in Spain in the form of an entry to the program blog.  In Barcelona, students will live with a Spanish family and immerse themselves in the language and the culture.

Estimated Cost: $2800, plus airfare
Approximate Dates: June 15–July 14
Contact: Conxita Domènech ( Irene Checa-Garcia (

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